Point Arena Light Station is Open!
On Friday, July 17 at 10 a.m. the Point Arena Light Station opened its gates once again for guests to enjoy the Light Station Store, lodging and our new Outdoor Museum! With the revision to the Mendocino County Health Department’s (MCHD) Health Order the Light Station is able to resume operations as long as it adheres to the reopening guidelines. The Light Station Store and our 23 acres of grounds containing our Outdoor Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every day. We are asking that guests 12 years and over pay a site visit fee of $5 per person or $25 per vehicle carrying up to eight people. Children under 12 are free, as are all Lighthouse members. This site visit fee will help the non-profit Point Arena Lighthouse Keepers, Inc. maintain the Light Station during these unprecedented times and for the enjoyment of all generations to come.
Please note that the iconic 115’ tall Lighthouse Tower – tallest on the Pacific coast – will sadly have to remain closed due to the Health Order restrictions on indoor museums and as its tight dimensions in the Watch Room and Lantern Room and confined spiral staircase make it difficult to enforce social distancing and disinfection/sanitizing for each tour. We will revisit this as the State and County Health Orders continue to be revised, but the health and safety of our guests and staff will always take precedence.
Please come out and support the Light Station in its 150th Anniversary year. Our Light Station Store has 150th Anniversary pins and patches and a great variety of Lighthouse outerwear, jewelry, home décor, toys, books, artwork and more. Having drastically reduced income for the last 3 months has left the non-profit Light Station is severe financial straits, and your visit to our Outdoor Museum and Light Station Store purchases will help us recover. We will be following the Cal/OSHA guidance for the reopening of all our facilities and will also adhere to the additional requirements in the MCHD Health Order.
We are deeply grateful for the many generous donations we received during the closure and the people that became Lifetime Members to help support us. We also appreciate Jessica Grossarth of Placerville for being our first visitor when we previously opened the gates on Friday, June 19. Please come visit us SOON, Arena Mina and Tasi can’t WAIT to see you!
Please cooperate with all County, State and Federal orders during this unprecedented crisis, wear facial coverings, be safe, use common sense, don’t hoard food and toilet paper, keep the 6′ social distance and be good to each other. Most of all, bring that positive coastal attitude and sense of humor to bear as much as you can!
Mark D. Hancock
Lighthouse Tower Virtual Tour
Since people can’t climb the tallest Lighthouse on the Pacific coast during the COVID-19 SIP period our ace 360 degree photographer Mike Chandler created an amazing 360 degree tour of the Tower from the ground floor to the Lantern Room at the top. Click on the Tower image to the left to go to the Lighthouse Tour page and view this amazing video creation. Our thanks to Mike for creating this unique way for you to virtually explore the Lighthouse!